5 New Video Game Rumors: Is PS4 Neo Coming Soon?
Like anything popular enough to spark rabid fandom, the video game industry is full of secrets. Companies wait for just the right time to announce new games and hardware in hopes of making the biggest splash possible. Fans, for their part, want to know everything that’s coming down the line as soon as possible. In that kind of environment, video game rumors are bound to trickle out.
This week we’ve uncovered five rumors and leaks that have a decent chance of being true. So follow along as we try to suss out which ones are most likely to be true.
1. Is PlayStation 4 Neo coming this year?
In a recent appearance on CNBC, GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines made it sound like Sony’s souped-up PlayStation 4 Neo will be out by the end of 2016. When asked about what gamers could look forward to this holiday, Raines listed off PS4 Neo, Xbox One S, and PlayStation VR. Two of those items will definitely be out this year, with the Xbox One S debuting on August 2 and PS VR on October 13. As for the PS4 Neo, Sony hasn’t announced a release date yet, so all we have to go on is Raines’s comment. In fact, Sony hasn’t announced the PS4 Neo at all.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House did confirm that the company is working on the Neo, telling the Financial Times that it will feature better graphics and support gaming at 4K resolution. He didn’t mention a release date, so we have no official word on when it might launch.
For what it’s worth, GameStop denies that Raines was hinting at a release date for the Neo. In a statement to GameSpot, a PR rep said, “Paul did not say that Xbox One S and PlayStation Neo hardware units would be coming for the holidays. The anchor was the one who referenced the holiday period. Paul simply reminded him that there would be hardware upgrades coming — Xbox One S and PlayStation Neo. He did not give a reference as to the timing on when they would be launching.”
Still, considering that the Neo may be coming sooner rather than later, if you’re planning to buy a PS4 this year, you might want to wait for an official word on the PS4 Neo.
2. Will the Nintendo NX appeal to casual players?
For its past few game consoles, Nintendo has chosen not to compete against the likes of Sony and Microsoft in terms of console power. The GameCube, Wii, and Wii U were all relatively under-powered compared to their competition, so it’s safe to assume the NX will be, too.
Ubisoft offered a hint to that effect recently, when CEO Yves Guillemot said during an earnings call, “On the NX, what we have seen is really great. We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow and to take a lot more casual players back to the industry.”
Chief among traits that appeal to casual gamers is a low price point, and to get that, you need relatively weak hardware. The real question is whether casual gamers will be willing to buy a dedicated gaming device in an age when smartphones are ubiquitous. If the casual market is getting its gaming needs met on mobile, will it be willing to dish out extra cash for another piece of gaming hardware? If the Wii U’s poor sales are any indication, the outlook is not great.
3. Is Transformers: Fall of Cybertron coming to PS4 and Xbox One?
While publisher Activision hasn’t gotten around to announcing it yet, it looks like the surprisingly good 2012 game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will be heading to the current console generation sometime soon. This rumor started when the website Gematsu noticed the game’s listing appearing on the Taiwanese video game ratings board. So if you’re a Transformers fan who missed the game the first time around, you’ll probably have another chance soon.
4. Are Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2 coming to PS4 and Xbox One?
Also thanks to Gematsu‘s monitoring of the Taiwanese video game ratings board, it looks like Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006) and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009) are both coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
These action role-playing games give players access to a whole heap of Marvel superheroes and let you hack and slash your way through enemies, leveling up your character and gaining new weapons and abilities as you progress. Think Diablo, but with Iron Man, Captain America, and the Fantastic Four.
5. Is Darksiders coming to current-gen consoles?
The premature listings keep rolling in. This time it’s the original Darksiders that’s apparently coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Word comes from a listing on the retail site Newegg, which puts the price tag at $20 and gives an October 25 release date. Once again, the publisher has yet to make an announcement.
Darksiders is a somewhat Zelda-like game that received excellent reviews when it launched in 2010. Its sequel is already available on the current generation of systems under the unfortunate title Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition.